Satellites reveal that 75% of the world’s industrial fishing vessels are “hidden”

Satellites reveal that 75% of the world’s industrial fishing vessels are “hidden”

Earth observation satellites have helped discover previously unidentified global fishing vessels, revealing that nearly 75% of the world’s industrial activity at sea was “hidden” from public view.

Use Satellite images From 2017 to 2021, a team led by Global Fishing Watch with ship GPS data and machine learning software created the first global map of large ship traffic and marine infrastructure. Their findings highlight a large number of “dark vessels,” or those that have not previously appeared in public observing systems, providing a better understanding of the global impact of human activity globally. sea.

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